12 Malaysia suspects linked to Detroit Christmas bomber one of the detainees is Aiman al-Dakkak, a 50-year-old Syrian freelance religious teacher (Imam) at the terror linked International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur.
January 28, 2010, TIMESONLINE....Malaysia terror arrests linked to Detroit bomb attempt, officials say; Twelve men arrested in Malaysia this month for alleged terrorist offences had connections to the Nigerian student accused of attempting to blow up a US passenger aircraft on Christmas Day, according to a report from Kuala Lumpur.
Most are students at the International Islamic University in Gombak (links to terror groups).
Southeast Asia and the Brotherhood of Terrorism; There was an indigenous effort to assemble various Islamic terrorist groups in the region. At the International Islamic University in Malaysia in 1999, Abu Bakar Bashir organized a meeting to establish the Mujahidin Coalition, which brought together the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), as well as other groups from across the region. The Mujahidin Coalition has met at least three times since then and its existence is an indicator of the intimacy of the regional relationships.
Witness account; Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, the head of the Abolish ISA Movement that assists people held under the ISA, told reporters the men were among 50 people arrested last week.
The Malaysian Home Minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, refused to confirm the report in the New Straits Times, a newspaper which follows the lead of the Government.
He insisted however that the detained men, who were arrested eight days ago at a gathering of Muslims in Kuala Lumpur, were “a serious security threat to the country.”
“We were working with other international anti-terrorism agencies and nabbed the ten suspects who are on the international wanted list,” he said. “If you are talking about international linkages, international terrorism, it cannot stop with just the people we apprehended because we don’t know who else is out there, more from this source...
The detentions may have been initiated in response to international pressure on terrorist threats in Malaysia ... but nothing can be confirmed," he said, urging the government to either charge the men in court or release them.
"They [police] asked what were our plans, what did he [Aiman] teach us". Muhammad Yunus Zainal Abidin, who witnessed last week's arrests, identified one of the detainees as Aiman al-Dakkak, a 50-year-old Syrian freelance religious teacher who has been living in Malaysia since 2003.
Muhammad Yunus said he was with about 50 men at a religious talk by Aiman on January 21 at his home on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, when police stormed the house.
He said the police, wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with machine guns, took all the men to a police training centre in the city. Muhammad Yunus said most of them at the talk were international students aged between 20 and 40, and comprising Malaysians, Nigerians, Eritreans, Syrians, Jordanians, a Saudi Arabian and an American.
He said police wanted to know if anyone in the group was from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, and later separated them by nationalities for questioning.
"They asked what were our plans, what did he [Aiman] teach us," he said, adding that all of them were later released, except for a dozen men including Aiman, more from this source.............
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.